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About Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
Once a rival of the adjacent Chateau Haut-Brion, La Mission has actually shared ownership with its neighbor since 1983. While just a narrow suburban street divides the two properties--both are located within the city limits of Bordeaux--La Mission's wines maintain their distinctive wilder identity: more powerful and more tannic, often displaying a meaty, truffley character with extended time in bottle.
88-91 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
(47% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot and 26% cabernet franc; 14.8% alcohol) Dark ruby-purple. Cabernet sauvignon-dominated nose offers clean, spicy aromas of blackberry, minerals, cedar, bitter chocolate and wild herbs. Nicely delineated yet fleshy flavors of blackberry, minerals and tobacco leaf that avoid the austere feel of the Le Clarence de Haut-Brion. Peppery, youthfully chewy tannins gain sweetness with air on the long finish.